Ian Griffiths has just published a new course: TPL Async
Asynchronous programming is a fundamental programming technique, of vital importance both on server-side and client-side code. On the server, it can be the key to maximizing performance and enhancing scalability. On the client, it is a critically important technique for ensuring responsiveness. With the addition of intrinsic language support asynchronous programming, this is becoming an ever more important technique. This course describes how to use the asynchronous programming support in the Task Parallel Library (TPL), which was introduced in .NET 4.0. It also shows how the new language features in C# and Visual Basic fit in with the TPL.
Mario Hewardt has just published a new course: .NET Internals and Advanced Debugging Techniques
Ever wonder how .NET really works under the covers? Then this course is for you – Mario leads you through the internals of .NET, exploring things like AppDomains, MethodDescriptors, syncblocks, and the low-level details of garbage collection, using the SOS debugger in the process.
Today we’re excited to announce a new partnership with SharpCrafters that provides all PostSharp customers with a free 1-month subscription to our new Aspect-Oriented Programming in .NET online training course authored by Donald Belcham, a PostSharpo MVP and Pluralsight Author.
We’re happy to partner with SharpCrafters provide this benefit to the PostSharp community. If you’re a current PostSharp customer and haven’t received an email about this offer, you can apply here.
Clemens Vasters has published a new course: The Elements of Distributed Architecture
The Elements of Distributed Architecture is about the foundational elements of distributed architecture and about the ‘physics’ that affect distributed software designs. The goal of this course, which is designed to be independent of specific languages, technologies, and products, is to provide software teams with a shared baseline of concepts and terminologies in the areas of information management, communication, presentation, processing, failure management, security, and safety.
In partnership with Microsoft, we’ve released a professional Introduction to WebMatrix course that you can watch for free on http://www.asp.net!
Simply browse to www.asp.net/web-pages, and look under “Essential Videos” on the right. Then click on our logo or the link to “watch more in-depth videos“.
Those links will take you to the WebMatrix and Web Pages Video Training from Pluralsight page, where you can watch the entire course for free.
This professional course is also fully integrated into the WebMatrix product help system – you’ll find links to the relevant modules depending on your context.
This course was authored by WebMatrix expert Matt Milner, who is one of our most experienced authors at Pluralsight, with 20 published courses. He designed it for those who need to start from ground zero and get up to speed quickly.
If you like what you see, be sure to check out how you can get access to hundreds of online training courses for only $29/mo.
John Sonmez has just published a new course: Mono for Android
Learning to develop an Android application can be difficult. This course is designed to make developing an Android application as simple as possible. In this course you will learn to create a fully functional Android application using Mono for Android. We will see how easy it is to create an Android application using C# and the .NET framework. If you have thought about Android development, but technology and language have been a barrier that has prevented you from getting started, this course is for you.
Richard Seroter has just published a new course: Microsoft StreamInsight Fundamentals
This course dives into Microsoft’s StreamInsight product. You’ll learn about complex event processing – how to process event streams from multiple sources based on declarative query and pattern specifications with near-zero latency. The course also covers building adapters for StreamInsight, as well as diagnosing common problems you might encounter.
Last month we released a new website, and along with it, a new comprehensive system for support and feedback!
Our new help desk (powered by UserVoice) provides a complete Knowledge Base/FAQ that grows every week and a set of community-driven forums where you can suggest new features and new courses you’d like to see in the library.
You can ask a question from any page on our site by simply clicking on the “feedback & support” tab aligned on the right side of every page.
You can also vote and comment on the ideas submitted by others. We look at these forums during our weekly planning meetings – and prioritize based on what receives the most votes from our community – so please let us know what you want!
As you may have noticed, Pluralsight has a new logo!
We decided to make the change for a few reasons. First, the old Pluralsight “eye” scared a few people (like the Eye of Sauron) and it didn’t strongly represent online training.
So first, we decided to replace the “eye” with our new orange “play button” icon, which is much more representative of our online training product. We decided to stick with orange as our distinctive brand color and therefore removed the “green” from the new version. We also updated the font face to Gotham, which feels a little more modern.
And the orange swoosh through “sight”? That’s meant to represent the constant progression of those continually learning through the Pluralsight library.
We hope you like it! If you’re a partner, user group, and you’re currently using the old Pluralsight logo on your site, please take a minute and update it. You’ll find the latest files (in a few different colors/sizes/formats) on our logo page. Thank you!
We’re excited to announce that Pluralsight now runs on the Kindle Fire! You’ll now find it on Amazon’s Kindle app store. The Pluralsight app is free – go get it!
The Kindle app is equivalent to our standard Android app (same code base). Here are a few photos that show it in action on the Kindle Fire:
We’re currently working on a major new release of our Android app that includes a new video player, which should increase the stability on many Android devices. Once that work is done, we’ll release a new version of the Kindle app too.